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Your doctor will want to review your medical records, medication lists, test results and films (X-rays) to understand your prior medical history and avoid unnecessary testing. When you make your appointment, ask the appointment secretary for the mailing address to send your records. Send your records to the doctor you will be seeing at Cleveland Clinic. Please be sure to:

  • Send all information in the same package
  • Clearly mark the package with your name and address
  • Send the package using Airborne Express, Federal Express, or certified U.S. mail (make sure you have a tracking number)

You can also fax your information if you prefer. Please ask the appointment secretary for the fax number.

If your appointment is less than a week away, please bring your records with you to your appointment (see patient checklist).

If you are having a procedure or surgery, you will receive instructions about what to expect before, during and after the procedure. We will also let you know about any special instructions you need to follow before you come in. You can visit our website to learn more  about treatment options.

You will meet with a nurse or physician assistant (PA) who will ask for the information needed before you are seen.

You may need additional testing, such as blood work or imaging (X-rays, scans, etc.), to help your doctor better understand your condition and decide on the best treatment for you.

You will then meet with your doctor, who will review your records, ask you about your medical history, perform a physical exam and talk to you about the best plan for your treatment and care.

You may spend several hours at Cleveland Clinic the day of your appointment. How long you are here depends on your schedule and specific healthcare needs, such as any tests or consultations you may need. Please plan ahead and bring your medications and anything else you may need for the day. Cleveland Clinic has a variety of restaurants, shops and activities to visit. You can also visit our resource center before, after, or in between appointments.

Although most appointments are completed within a day, you may need to stay in the Cleveland area 1 to 2 days if you need additional testing or procedures to treat your condition. If this is the case, we will talk with you about how long you’ll need to stay.

Your follow-up care will be determined based on your individual needs.

You will receive information about how to contact us if you have any questions or concerns after you leave Cleveland Clinic.

We look forward to seeing you.  If you have any questions prior to your visit, please contact your appointment office or the Heart & Vascular Resource Nurses.

Talk to a Nurse: Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (ET)

Call a Heart & Vascular Nurse locally 216.445.9288 or toll-free 866.289.6911.

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This information is provided by Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

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